Hackensack River Canoe & Kayak Club

paddling for over a third of a century

Split Rock Reservoir
by Peter Walker

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Eight members (7 kayaks and a canoe) came out for the short-notice paddle on Sunday.

The parking lot was well used, but we all found a place to park without difficulty.

The steep and rocky section of the path to the closest dock has been widened and shallow steps installed, but we opted to take the longer, less steep path to the other dock. The water level was down enough for one of the kayak launch pontoons to be stranded high and dry on a large rock, but that exposed a small beach area, which some used while others launched from the dock.

The weather forecast was excellent, if anything, expected to be too hot, but when we set off it was overcast and breezy (with breeze against us, of course.)

We paddled north and took the narrow passage east of the large island, into to the area of smaller islands. As we stopped in a small cove for lunch, the weather cleared and we enjoyed a magnificent view down the reservoir. The color in the trees, if not the temperature, reminded us that Fall has arrived. Paddling back we had clear skies, but only a light breeze to help us along the way.


> Thanks to Al for sharing his pictures from the trip. You can view them at this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZnEBsSxr875awj6g7